Bethany Root, a 2001 Maplewood High School graduate who was an aerial application pilot, was killed Sunday morning in a plane crash about 60 miles northwest of Kansas City in Atchison County, Kansas. We've learned the two people killed in the crash were the plane's only two occupants.
Investigators said the crash happened around 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning near Cummings, Kan., about nine miles southwest of Atchison.
Lt. Bryce Whelply of the Kansas Highway Patrol says the cause of the crash wasn't immediately clear.
Kansas City's KCTV 5 reports from the Atchison County Sheriff's Office that the plane was piloted by 64-year-old Vlado Lenoch of Burr Ridge, Ill.
Root was general manager of the Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport in Atchison where the Amelia Earhart Festival was held Saturday. Lenoch was a stunt pilot involved in the fly-in, which was held as part of the Amelia Earhart Festival that drew thousands to the area.
The plane wa a P-51 Mustang named "Baby-Duck" that flew along the Missouri River in the air show at the Amelia Earhart Festival on Saturday. In several Facebook posts over the years, Lenoch said that he had flown in the Chicago Air & Water Show.
Root was a former special education teacher from Indianapolis, Indiana who caught a love of flying in her 30s.
Jacque Pregont is the coordinator of the Amelia Earhart Festival, and said she worked with Bethany.
"It's a awful, frightful loss", Pregont said.
The Federal Aviation Administration was called to the crash site to investigate. No residents were injured.